T&F Teams Pick Up USTFCCCA Academic Honors

T&F Teams Pick Up USTFCCCA Academic Honors

NEW ORLEANS -- Both of Whitworth University's track and field teams, along with seven individuals, earned academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) last week.

The Pirate men's and women's squads were named 2019 All-Academic Teams in NCAA Division III Track & Field by the USTFCCCA.  In order to qualify for All-Academic Team recognition, it must have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.  The Whitworth women's team GPA was 3.67, which is the eighth-highest in all of NCAA Division III.  The Pirate men posted a GPA of 3.42, the same as 2018 and also among the top 25 in NCAA Division III.    The Pirate women finished 12th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while the men tied for 34th place.

Four Whitworth women and three men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic individual honors during the 2018-19 track & field seasons.  To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor championship meet or finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.

The four Pirate women are Izzy Clark (Sr., Colbert, Wash.), Kameha Medallada (Sr., Makawao, Hawaii), Marissa Mount (Sr., San Jose, Calif.), and Kayla Rambo (Fr., LaPine, Ore.).  Clark, Medallada and Mount are all repeat honorees.

Clark, Mount and Rambo all earned All-America finishes at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.  Clark was fifth in the heptathlon, Mount finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Rambo took second place in the women's discus.

Whitworth's three men recognized by the USTFCCCA are Nathaniel Drotts (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.), Jacob Hubbard (Sr., Eugene, Ore.) and Nick McGill (Jr., East Wenatchee, Wash.).  McGill earned the honor for the second year in a row and scored twice at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.  He finished in sixth place in the decathlon and fourth in the javelin.  He was also a participant at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he took ninth in the heptathlon.